Academic Programs in Sustainability
Balancing critical, creative and global thinking, App State's dedicated faculty and staff develop innovative methods for teaching and modeling a holistic view of sustainability to meet the present and future needs of our students and the citizens of our community, region, nation and world.
App State's leadership in sustainability education is evident through the development of innovative academic programs, research organizations and student involvement.
The university houses the nation's longest running Sustainable Development Program and 29.4% of all course offerings have sustainability content: 2,132 undergraduate courses and 369 graduate courses.
How to engage academically
Interested in majoring in a sustainability-oriented major or program? View our academic program pages
Want to advance sustainability through research? App State provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to advance innovative and creative sustainable best practices. These centers and institutes may be of particular interest:
- Appalachian Energy Center
- Center for Appalachian Studies
- Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis
- Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship
- Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE)
Eager for community involvement? Service-learning courses integrate academic work with community service, allowing students to apply what they have learned in class through a hands-on project. Learn more about service-learning courses at App State and read about prior students' experiences.
Ready to compete? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for sustainability to promote innovative thinking for moving the world toward sustainability. Apply for an EPA P3 grant.
Want to live like you mean it? Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) provide students a unique housing opportunity. App State offers 16 RLC options for students to choose from, including those focused on particular majors and others with a focus on a particular student interest.